Lola is a yoga teacher, life coach, personal growth guide, and healer. Her passion and mission is to help each individual heal and grow, which leads to an overall healing and elevation of consciousness on Planet Earth.
Lola’s teaching is a call to meet your edge and sharpen your attention. She asks students to challenge themselves by weaving physical, emotional, and spiritual inquiry into each of her classes and workshops. Lola teaches in a way that encourages students to take the reins of their lives and step into power, intelligence, and grace.
Lola studies Forrest Yoga, Yin Yoga, hatha and vinyasa yoga, Buti Yoga, core integration, and functional movement. Lola is a practicing bodyworker using the modalities of Thai Yoga Massage, Myo-Fascial Meridian Release and Reiki. She has been studying Thai Massage for over 8 years and is a Reiki Master. Some of her interests that often inform her classes include astrology, ceremony, ritual, moon cycles, and animal totems. Lola is also a certified life coach specializing in transformational coaching to remove obstacles, create an inspired vision, and help each person walk their Dharma.
Lola has a deep and abiding interest in breath, mindfulness, and somatics. Lola studies primarily with Ana Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga, Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga guardian in New York City and Bizzie Gold, creator of several intuitive movement systems. Lola was raised in the traditional lineage of Sivananda Yoga before moving into vinyasa and more contemporary yoga studies. Lola is a lifelong student and is always learning new techniques, methods, and applications for healing, wellness and vitality.
Lola is an experienced yoga teacher with over 4,500 hours of teaching experience privately, in group classes, and in corporate settings throughout the world. She has coached dozens of people through creative, inspiring transformations.
What is Forrest Yoga and how is it like/different from vinyasa yoga?
Forrest Yoga is vinyasa yoga – movement linked by breath in a mindful way – with a little something extra. All Forrest Yoga classes are guided by an intent, which is a spiritual, emotional, or physical focus sustained throughout the entire class. It’s a layer of psycho-spiritual work being done while also doing yoga!
All Forrest Yoga classes rely on breath to help unearth stuck patterns, energy, and information in the body. Most yoga classes do, but with Forrest Yoga, attention to breath is brought to the forefront and sustained there. Forrest Yoga classes are generally slower than typical vinyasa classes and the poses are held for longer. This builds intensity and helps break through blockages.
Some of the poses in Forrest Yoga may be performed differently or look slightly different than the versions you’ve experienced in vinyasa classes. I invite you to try doing these familiar poses in a different way and seeing what new information arises.
Forrest Yoga classes typically focus on one pose category – like backbends or hip opening – rather than try to do a little bit of everything in one class. This may feel different or “incomplete” if you don’t experience poses you’re used to experiencing at the end of classes. I invite you to stay open to new sequences and ways of practicing yoga.